BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
AHEAD of Monday’s resumption of proceedings, some of the six geo-political zones have set up secretariats where their delegates congregate to compare notes, brainstorm and firm up demands to be canvassed at the National Conference.
The secretariats will also help delegates reach out to other zones for horse-trading. With the endorsement of 369 delegates (75 per cent) needed for any issue to sail through), the various zones and stakeholders will need to do a lot of consultation, horse-trading and networking to get their various demands accepted.
And for any issue to win the sympathy of three-quarters of the delegates, it must be seriously and cerebrally canvassed, which will necessitate unity of purpose on the part of the canvassers.
One of the zones that have set up a secretariat in Abuja is the South-East geo-political zone. An Igbo leader told Saturday Vanguard the South-East secretariat has been set up and so far the delegates are doing fine.
This came as apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze, picked holes in comments that General Ike Nwachukwu is leading Igbo delegates at the confab.
Ohanaeze Secretary General, Dr Joe Nworgu, who is also a delegate said: “General Ike Nwachukwu was not nominated to lead Igbo delegates. He was nominated to lead South-East delegates. Ndigbo are not limited to the South-East. Ndigbo cut across the five South-East states, Rivers and Anioma (in Delta State.)”
On alleged discordant tunes in the Igbo camp, Mr Nworgu assured that Igbo delegates would enter the confab as one and would not disappoint their people and the country.